Cambodian PM terms report of Cambodia-China secret deal on military base as "fake news"

PHNOM PENH, July 22 (Xinhua) - Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Monday denied a Wall Street Journal's report that the country signed a secret agreement with China to allow Chinese armed forces to use its Ream naval base in southwestern Preah Sihanouk province, terming it as "fake news."


Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, speaks at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit during the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 26, 2015. (File photo: VCG)

"This is the worst fabricated news against Cambodia. There is no such a story because the presence of any foreign military base is contrary to Cambodia's Constitution," Hun Sen said in an exclusive interview with Fresh News service provider.

"Why does Cambodia need the presence of Chinese military on its territory?" he asked. "We have never even discussed this with Chinese leaders, not to mention about the signing of the agreement."

"(They) should stop using 'fake news' on the presence of Chinese armed forces in Cambodia's territory to campaign against us," the Cambodian prime minister said, according to Fresh News.

Hun Sen's denial came a day after the Wall Street Journal cited anonymous U.S. and allied officials as saying that China has signed a secret agreement allowing its armed forces to use Cambodia's Ream naval base.